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 Scholarship and Contest Opportunities for Local Students

​Below are a some scholarships and contests that San Diego County students may qualify for. Follow the links to learn more.


Change a Life Foundation Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $5,000 for public high school seniors who excel academically, are involved in community service, and are economically disadvantaged. Application deadline: March 1. Click here for details.

San Diego County Citizens' Scholarship 

Need-based scholarships for high school seniors attending college full-time in San Diego County this fall. No minimum GPA is required; students must demonstrate a financial need. Application deadline: March 2. Click here to access the application. 

North Island Credit Union Scholarship

Ten scholarships of $1,000 each for San Diego County high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA and with evidence of school and community involvement. 

Application deadline: March 16. Click here for details. 

San Diego Association of Black Journalists Scholarship
Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who are interested in majoring in journalism and/or mass communication at a four-year college or university. Must provide official transcripts and proof of enrollment from a four-year college or university to receive funds for this scholarship. Application deadline: March 16. Click here for details.

Don Diego Foundation Scholarship

Scholarships for high school seniors who have previously participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Application deadline: March 19. Click here for details.  

Cal Coast Cares Foundation Scholarship Program

The high school scholarships are for San Diego County seniors who are current members or a child or grandchild of a current member of California Coast Credit Union. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.

The foster youth scholarships are for high school seniors who are or have been in the foster care program. Minimum 2.5 GPA required.

Application deadline for both programs: March 31. Click here for details.


Education for All Photography Contest

Contest offered by the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) and the F3 Student Awards program, open to public high school seniors. Five winners will receive awards of $1,000 each. Submissions due Feb. 28. Click here for more information. 

Celebrate Success Student Art Contest

Contest offered by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the F3 Student Awards Program, open to K-12 public education students. Ten winners will receive awards of $250 each. Submissions due Feb. 28. Click here for more information. 

Breaking Barriers Essay Contest 

Contest offered by Scholastic and sponsored by Major League Baseball. The theme is overcoming obstacles and incorporating the values demonstrated by Jackie Robinson. Program material is also available in Spanish. Open to students in grades 4-9. Prizes include a trip to the 2018 All-Star Game or a World Series game, and a laptop for each winner. Submissions due March 14. Click here for more information. 

What Does Equal Protection Mean to Students? Civics Contest

Contest offered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The theme is how the equal protection clause applies in an education setting. Open to high school students. Winners can receive up to $2,000. Submissions can be in essay or video format and are due April 1. Click here for more information. 

For Kids, By Kids Video Contest 

Contest offered by the California Department of Education as part of a statewide effort to raise awareness about the importance of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. Open to students in grades 3-12.  Winners can receive up to $1,000. Video submissions due April 20. Click here for more information.